Located in the Okayama prefecture – the birthplace and ‘capital’ of Japanese denim – Kuroki manufactures traditionally indigo-dyed selvedge denim, woven on vintage Toyota shuttle looms.
Kuroki is a manufacturer of selvedge denim with a long tradition in the textile industry. The company is located in Okayama of western Japan – the birthplace and ‘capital’ of Japanese denim – and has been specialised in the production of high-quality denim twills since 1970, using traditional indigo dyes to achieve unmistakable blue shades.
Kuroki’s qualities range from soft and lightweight 5 oz. to super-heavyweight 28 oz. denims, all woven on vintage Toyota shuttle looms manufactured before 1960. Shuttle looms allow for weaving with low tension and produce fabric rolls with a self-bound edge, selvedge, either in solid colours or jacquard patterns.
Praised for its depth, the authentic look of Kuroki’s 100 per-cent cotton denim is achieved through a traditional rope-dying process that has been used for indigo dyes for centuries. Because the yarns are dyed bundled together, the core of each yarn stays white and the shade varies slightly between the inside and outside yarns. This intentional unevenness is transferred into the fabric, giving it an organic and handmade expression.
The Kuroki mill currently employs 63 skilled professionals, who combine time-honoured methods with industry innovations to produce quality fabrics with a long lifespan.